How to Move Large Plants in a Car

Overview

If you are moving large plants, you do not need a huge van. You can use a minivan or hatchback vehicle to move the plants. Fold down the rear seats to have the most room for the plants. You can move large plants in a car if you prepare the plants and the car properly. This is important to ensure the safe transport of the plants, and keeps sudden mishaps from occurring.

Step 1

Open the tailgate of the car to its highest extension. Use the measuring tape to measure from the inside roof to the floor of the back area. This is the extreme height for a plant.

Step 2

Measure the height of the rear opening from top to bottom. This is usually smaller than the floor to roof height. Use this height as a guide to tell you if you will need to tip plants over while putting them into the car. It may be possible to bend the plant stem, but often this damages the plant if not done carefully.

Step 3

Measure the height of the tallest plant from the base of the planter to the top of the tallest leaf. This is the maximum height you will need for all of your plants. If your tallest plant fits, all of the plants will fit.

Step 4

Wrap each plant in plastic before moving them. Tape the plastic to the bottom of the planter, then carefully wrap up around the planter and then loosely around the plant. Keep the top open for air. Carefully cut the plastic and tape the top of the plastic together so it doesn't unravel.

Step 5

Gently poke holes into the plastic at different points around the plant with the scissors. This provides more air to the plant.

Step 6

Lay the bed sheet across the back of the car. Cover the area from the hatchback forward to the front seats. Make sure all of the area is covered so you don't have to worry about a large vacuuming project after moving large plants in a car. Use two sheets overlapped in the middle for added protection.

Step 7

Place a pallet onto the sheets upside down. If you use a minivan you can fit two pallets.

Step 8

Place the plants in between the rails of the pallets. You should be able to fit at least two 12-inch planters per side of one pallet or four plants total per pallet. Long arrangements, such as funeral planters, will take up an entire side.

Step 9

Use the bungee straps to tie down the plants to the pallets. Hook one end of a strap to the pallet, then cross it over the opposite side along the top of the planter and bring it back around forming a "U". Hook the other side to another part of the pallet. Do this for each plant. Make sure the straps are tight but are not bending the plant because this causes stress on the stems and can damage the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Plastic
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Bed sheets
  • Pallet
  • Bungee cords
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